The Labour Party (LP) Senatorial Candidate for Bayelsa East, Mr Iniruo Wills, on Monday, visited his primary constituency with a promise to address its environmental, economic and infrastructural deficit.
Wills said he was motivated to join the race when he realised the poor representation of the district over the years.
According to him, he is offering to provide incomparable quality representation at the Senate to change the narrative and advance the interests of the zone, which he described as the premier senatorial district.
“The area has remained under the painful grip of underdevelopment due to inept leadership.
“From 1999 to 2019, that is 20 years, and that is enough time for us to take stock of our achievements as a people and ask ourselves if we are making any progress.
“We need to ask ourselves if we are satisfied with the kind of representation we have had.
“The biting poverty, the poor roads, the unemployment; and in some cases, absence of roads, I am not canvassing for small incremental progress.
“We have been made to believe that better life is not possible, that our youths should continue to be jobless, but this is not true, we have come to say the best is possible,” he said.
Wills, a lawyer and former Environment Commissioner, said he had been involved in community service beginning with the struggle for recognition of his hometown, Oluasiri, as host community to Shell.
The Chairman Council of Chiefs, Nembe-Basambiri, Chief Ben Koru, while receiving the Bayelsa East Senatorial Transformation (BEST) Team, described Wills as a man of peace who, based on antecedents, would promote the interests of the community when elected.
Koru, however, regretted the loss of lives of youths from the zone from the violence that erupted following the 2003 elections; and called on all candidates from the community to embrace peace to avoid a repeat of such calamity.
The monarch therefore said his cabinet was working out modalities to get all the senatorial candidates in the area to sign a peace accord which would bind and guide their conduct throughout the elections.
“That anyone who fails to keep the peace would be held responsible for the breach,” he said.
He advised all the senatorial candidates from the community to explore the window of concession to adopt a single candidate in order to defeat their opponents.
The Bayelsa State Chairman of the party, Mr Ebiowei Olomu, while handing over the official campaign banner of the BEST team to the paramount ruler, thanked the chiefs and people of Bassambiri for the rousing welcome.
He expressed hope that Wills would win the senatorial polls come Feb. 16, 2019.